GUWAHATI: Assam residents who were stuck on Bengal border in Srirampur as they were in transit the day lockdown was imposed have completed their 14-day quarantine period. They will now be sent home, informed, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Thousands of people from Assam are stranded in other States. When the lockdown will be withdrawn, such people will rush to the State in hordes. Since every such person has to be quarantined for 14 days, the available arrangements for quarantine in the State may be out of sync with the rush of people. To avoid such a situation, the State government is going to issue entry date-specific temporary documents in line with ILP (Inner Line Permits) to such people after the lockdown is withdrawn.
Sharing this with the media Sarma said, “We’re going to launch a website on Wednesday for the people of Assam staying outside to register their names and addresses. Such a registration will let us know the number of people of the State staying outside; but willing to return and the districts they hail from.”
Giving details of the modus operandi, Sarma said, “The rationale behind issuance of the entry date-specific documents for entry to the State is to prevent the rush that may outnumber our district-wise quarantine capacities.”
In the cases of people of other north-eastern States who have to travel through Assam to reach their respective home States, Sarma said, “We need to hold talks with the administrations in the neighbouring States. We’ve to issue transit passes to such people on the condition that they will go to their respective States and not stay in Assam.”
On the withdrawal of lockdown, Sarma said, “The Centre has sought suggestions from us. We, on the other hand, are seeking suggestions from intellectuals and the public in the State. As long as no medicine or vaccination for coronavirus is invented, we need to remain alert.”